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Moselle Barge & Bike

The city of KoblenzTraditional looking house on Moselle bike and bargeThe Moselle River

Moselle Barge & Bike

Trip Highlights

  • Cycling through the stunning Moselle Valley
  • Wine tasting in Kues and learning of the ancient wine growing traditions of the region
  • Experiencing the areas rich history through its impressive castles and towns
  • Relaxing on board the comfortable barge

Trip Summary

Originating in the Vosges Mountains in the French region of Alsace, the fabled Moselle River flows north along the Luxembourg border and into Germany for 545km in total before it meets the Rhine River at the cultural city of Koblenz. The picturesque valley formed by the river is home to a rich tradition of wine making, Germany's oldest town and a strong Roman and medieval heritage. The section between Koblenz and Cochem is known as 'castle country' due to its abundance of castles including the fairytale Eltz Castle considered to be one of the finest in Germany. Based on a comfortable barge, this cycle journey along the Moselle and its tributary, the Saar, offers an ideal balance of activity, history, culture and relaxation.

Suitability

INTRODUCTORY - GRADE 1

This trip involves 6 days cycling of between 20km and 65km per day usually along paved cycle paths across generally flat terrain. In and out of the cities there will be some traffic. You need only carry your camera/rain gear and water bottle. Your luggage remains on the boat. For this reason the trip is a grade 1 cycle and is considered suitable for beginners. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

Itinerary

On arrival in Koblenz, you are welcome on board the MS Patria, a river boat with a comfortable atmosphere, from 4pm. The captain and his crew will welcome you on board at approximately 6pm. Located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, the city has been an important defence centre for the region over its more than 2000 year history. Its impressive fortifications are still in good condition today and it's worth exploring these, as well as the old town with its ancient churches.

Meals:  D

The first section of the route today between Koblenz and Alken will be by boat. At Alken the cycle begins by crossing the river via a bridge and continuing along the banks of the Moselle. The first stop is Moselkern, a small town located at the confluence of the Elz and Moselle rivers. You can park your bike in the hikers carpark before walking (around 35 minutes) through the Elztal valley to Eltz Castle. Eltz Castle is considered one of the best preserved castles in Germany and has been privately owned by the Edlen Herren und Grafen (Lords and Counts) von und zu Eltz for more than 800 years. Guided tours are available in English. Continue cycling to the town of Cochem, overshadowed by the impressive Reichsburg Castle dating from 1051. The town is surrounded by vineyards and is located in the bend of the river providing stunning scenery and an old world atmosphere.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you will cycle along the windings of the river Moselle to Beilstein. After a short walk around this city you will pass the steepest vineyard in Europe, Bremmer Calmont. Continue to Zell an der Mosel, which is well-known for the vineyard "Zellar Schwarze Katz".

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will cycle to Traben-Trarbach, the city of Art Nouveau which displays historic architecture at its best. Afterwards you continue through the well-known village Krov to Bernkastel. Bernkastel-Kues is an ideal place to stroll around with its stylish medieval market square surrounded by half timbered houses. You will find the barge in Keus after cycling through the town. In the evening you can taste the famous Moselle wine at a local vineyard.

Meals:  B,L,D

Cycle tour to Poesport, the oldest winegrowing community along the Moselle. Here you can book a guided tour and visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. Further on you come to Neumage-Dhron, the oldest wine village in Germany. Here you can visit the clone of a Roman wine boat. After lunch the cycle continues on to Mehring, a typical wine growing village, where the boat is waiting for you.

Meals:  B,L,D

The cycle this morning takes us past the small town of Pfalzel and on to Trier, considered to be Germany's oldest city. A ship will be waiting there for you. In the afternoon you can explore the city in a special kind of way. Book a city walk with a "traditional Roman". There are numerous Roman and medieval sites of interest such as the Roman gateway, the Porta Nigra, which is not surprising given its incredible history and important position in the Roman Empire.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will cycling along the river to Saarburg, also known as "Little Venice". As you explore the town you will enjoy the narrow alleys, half-timbered houses, baroque buildings and colourful fisher and boat houses. From here you can cycle to Mettlach, where you have the possibility to visit "Villeroy und Boch" (optional). You can also cycle around the old Saar loop. Afterwards you cycle back to Saarburg.

Meals:  B,L,D

Trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B

Saarburg to Koblenz

On arrival in Saarburg, you are welcome on board the MS Patria, a river boat with a comfortable atmosphere, from 4pm. The captain and his crew will welcome you on board at approximately 6pm. Saarburg, known as "Little Venice", is a beautiful town with narrow alleys, half-timbered houses, baroque buildings and colourful fishing and boat houses.

Meals:  D

Your first bike tour starts after breakfast and leads you to the Old Saar loop and onto Igeler Saule and Wasserbillig in Luxembourg with its well-known Baroque church and two grand towers. In the afternoon you will reach Trier where the boat is awaiting you. In Trier you have the possibility of a city tour (optional). Trier was once the Roman seat of government and is known for its Porta Nigra, a gigantic city gate.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will cycle to Mehring. This village is surrounded by vineyards, forests and meadows, and is one of the biggest wine growing villages in the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer region. The Romans appreciated the beautiful landscape 2000 years ago.

Meals:  B,L,D

Cycle from Mehring along the river to Bernkastel-Kues. Bernkastel is an ideal place to stroll around with its stylish medieval market square surrounded by half timbered houses. We recommend having a break at the market square. Optional guided tour to visit the Roman cellars and the vineyards. In the evening you can taste the famous Moselle wines at a local vineyard.

Meals:  B,L,D

You cycle on the river to Traben Trarbach and the biggest wine city in this region “Zell”.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we cycle to Beilstein with its beautiful city centre, before continuing on to the town of Cochem. Overshadowed by the impressive Reichsburg Castle dating from 1051, the town is surrounded by vineyards. Located on a bend in the river it provides stunning scenery and an old world atmosphere. There will be time to explore its cobblestone streets and picturesque Old town.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will cycle to Alken, one of the oldest villages along the Moselle. Here your boat is awaiting you, and you can enjoy the passing beautiful landscape from aboard. MS Patria will bring you to Koblenz where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet.

Meals:  B,L,D

Trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches, 7 dinners, tea and coffee in the afternoon - breakfasts are buffet style consisting of breads, cereals, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurt and breakfast beverages. Picnic lunches are assembled at breakfast time. Dinners are 3 courses served in the dining room. Special diets may be catered for on request (e.g. lactose-free and gluten-free diet) however there will be an extra fee. Please advise us at the time of booking or at least 21 days prior to departure. If necessary, some special dietary supplements may need to be brought with you.
  • 7 nights accommodation in main deck cabin on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (supplement applies for other categories of berths on main or upper deck). We do not match travellers together so if you are travelling solo you will need to book a single cabin (limited and on a request basis).
  • Welcome drink and information meeting on first evening aboard
  • Bicycle, 7 speed with waterproof pannier (7 speed electric bike available on request for a supplement)
  • Information kit including route notes & maps per cabin
  • Daily briefing of tour on board
  • All harbour, lock and bridge dues
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Linen and change of towels as required

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from Koblenz / Saarburg
  • Drinks other than afternoon tea and coffee on board
  • Meals not detailed in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Helmet
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Tips - while tipping is not obligatory, it is customary to offer a tip if the guide and crew have done a good job. As a guide we would recommend around EUR30-60 per person (to be distributed between the guide/s, captain and crew).
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Catering for special diets (except Vegetarian). A supplement is payable for lactose or gluten free diets - EUR25pp (subject to change) paid locally on board. See below for further details regarding catering for dietary requirements.

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Germany
Starting Point:Koblenz or Saarburg
Activities:SELF GUIDED CYCLE
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:MOS
Prices From:GBP£720 Per Person
Single Supplement - main deck:GBP£220  Click for more information
Single Supplement - upper deck:GBP£320  Click for more information